Troop 1396

Lake Ridge, Virginia

About Scouting

An Orientation to Scouting and Troop 1396

What Is Scouting All About?

Aims of Scouting — Three Specific Objectives

Our Philosophy... Scouting is an Adventure!

Methods of Scouting


The Ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, and the Scout Slogan, all of which define what it means to be a good Scout and a good citizen.


The Patrol Method gives Boy Scouts an experience in interacting in small groups which provides opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and competition. 

Outdoor Programs

Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors, where their skills are put to the test and developed so that they become more self-reliant. 


Through rewards for achievement, the Boy Scouting program teaches important skills and builds self-reliance and self-confidence. 

Associations With Adults

Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for all Scouts (and their peer Scout leaders can too). 

Personal Growth

Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others.  Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster, service projects, camping, and leadership opportunities help each Boy Scout in his growth toward Scouting's aims.

Leadership Development

The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills.  Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations.  Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.


The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community.  The uniform signifies Boy Scouting unity while allowing each boy to show his achievement.

Troop Organization

Elements of a Boy-Run Troop

CAUTION:  Many activities can seem disorganized and could possibly be made more efficient if an adult were doing it.  But that misses the point!

The adult leaders' role is to provide guidance for the Scouts

Differences Between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts 

Advancement Process

The Scout Masters a Skill

The Scout is Tested

The Scout is Reviewed 

The parents' role is not to carry the Scout...

The parents' role is to monitor, motivate and support the Scout

Merit Badges

Parent Responsibilities

Be Encouraging

Be Supportive

Service Projects

“One influences community by being involved”

Money and Fundraising

Uniform Policy

Basic Items Scouts Need


Recommended Equipment

Camping Policies

The Troop Provides  4-man tents, trailer, chuck boxes, stoves, fuel, cooking pots and utensils, lanterns, canopies, tables, axes, saws, coolers, food bins...

Adult Leadership


Troop Committee

Supporting the Troop

...It takes a lot of adult support to run a successful Troop!

Troop Policies

Troop Programs

Annual Planning Conference is Key to a Successful Troop Program

Troop Meetings